All Kinds of News for October 05, 2016
Greenbrier Academy (GBA) is excited to welcome our newest therapist, Heather Bowden, to our team. Heather joins us from the New River Valley in Southwestern Virginia. Prior to earning her undergraduate degree in Studio Art at Hollins University, Heather lived in Ghana, West Africa, for a year in 2010. During this time, she founded a primary school in a remote rainforest village. The founding and development of this school was a momentous accomplishment for Heather and one that is close to her heart. Even after moving back to the U.S., she returned to the village twice for a total of six additional months. The Nsumensa Village Primary School still operates today thanks to funding by donations to a non-profit organization, the Pocket Project, of which Heather is the president.
Heather is honored to have been a part of such an impactful project in Ghana. It was her service in the village that ignited her passion for humanitarian work. Drawn to the field of social work, Heather graduated with an M.S.W. from Radford University. With impressive experience in international education work, youth residential treatment centers, private practice counseling and hospice, she joins the Greenbrier Academy family. Heather is very excited to work with our young women at GBA to empower and heal on an individual, family, and community level.
In her time away from campus, Heather continues to pursue her love of art. She is a very family-oriented individual and, yes, that family includes her dog, Henry. Henry even accompanies Heather to campus sometimes to meet with her students! Heather is a nature lover at heart and spends as much time as possible outdoors. She also loves animals and has participated in wildlife rescues.